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. tom costello, nbc news, washington. >>> it was another one of those days for susan rice, the u.n. ambassador who again found herself in the middle of a power struggle between some republicans on the hill on one side, and the president, who by all accounts would like to nominate her for the next secretary of state. our chief foreign correspondent andrea mitchell has more. >> reporter: with hillary clinton nodding her approval, the president sent a strong message to republicans, don't mess with my u.n. ambassador. susan rice is extraordinary >> couldn't be prouder of the job that you have done. >> reporter: for rice, a welcome signal that her nomination is still alive, despite another brutal day on capitol hill. >> the u.n. ambassador decided to play what was essentially a political role at the height of the difficult presidential election campaign. >> i would just ask the president to step back for a moment, and realize that all of us here hold the secretary of state to a very different standard than most cabinet members. >> reporter: why is susan rice such a lightning rod? even
negative comments from republican senators on the possibility that u.n. ambassador susan rice could become secretary of state. >> we'll do everything to block the nomination within our power as far as susan rice is concerned. >> i don't trust her -- and the reason i don't trust her is because i think she knew better, and if she didn't know better she shouldn't be the voice of america >> reporter: he referred to rice's appearance on "meet the press" days after the benghazi attack. >> but this is a spontaneous reaction to a video. >> reporter: today, the president was visibly angry. >> if senator john mccain, and senator graham and others want to go after somebody they should go after me. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador, who had nothing to do with benghazi, and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received, and to hurt her reputation, is outrageous. >> reporter: overall, though, he was congenial and reflective. >> i'm more than familiar with all the literature about the presidential overreach in second terms >> on the other hand, i didn't get re-el
explanation for why the white house had pointed to a new anti-muslim video, when susan rice appeared three days after the attack. >> our current assessment was what happened in benghazi was a spontaneous reaction. >> reporter: both democrats and republicans said the cia assessment of terrorism was classified. and that is why that was not included in the official talking points rice was given. >> and she did entirely the responsible thing in answering questions based on what was unclassified, and agreed to by the entire intelligence community. >> reporter: early drafts of those talking points had included more details. senior u.s. officials say a decision was made to keep the role of terrorists secret because of the legitimate issues. >> the initial talking points were much more specific about the involvement final one said indications of extremists. >> reporter: petraeus was among the officials who signed off on the talking points. but lawmakers say he didn't explain exactly how or by whom the final decision was made. so democrats defend susan rice saying she was simply limited in what she
's the point. >> reporter: republicans continued their attack on u.n. ambassador susan rice and her account in the days following the attack that expressed her role in an anti-muslim video. >> the stories he told re-enforced a political narrative helpful to the president. she was the most politically compliant person they could find. i don't know what she told, but i know the stories she told were miss leading. >> it was one of the most unfair attacks i have ever seen in washington in 34 years, susan rice was using the unclassifies talking points that were provided by the intelligence community. >> somewhere along the line those talk points changed. >> what i do know that every member of the intelligence community says the references to al qaeda were removed by somebody and they don't know who. >> reporter: but the administration denied claims of white house interference and says they made only a minor change. >> there's only one thing that was changed and i checked into this, i believe it to be absolute fact and it was the word consulate was changed to mission. >> reporter: and today lawma
by republican critics over the benghazi affair, ambassador susan rice asked for a face-to-face meeting with some of her most vocal critics to make things better. the meeting took place today and appears to have made things worse. so the partisanship on the benghazi issue is alive and well, and the question now becomes, will there be a showdown with the president over his friend and ally, ambassador rice? it's where we begin tonight with our chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell in washington. andrea, good evening. >> good evening, brian. susan rice, by all accounts, the president's top choice to replace hillary clinton, had hoped to mend fences on capitol hill. it didn't turn out that way. the u.n. ambassador hasn't even been nominated to be secretary of state. but today she volunteered for a grilling in the senate. her critics were not satisfied. >> we are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get. >> the bottom line, i'm more disturbed now than i was before. >> reporter: rice acknowledged today she was wrong on a key fact, when she went
on the possibility that u.n. ambassador susan rice could become secretary of state. >> we'll do everything to block the nomination within our power as far as susan rice is concerned. >> i don't trust, her -- >> reporter: he referred to rice's appearance on "meet the press" days after the benghazi attack. >> but this is a spontaneous reaction to a video. >> reporter: today, the president was visibly angry. >> if senator john mccain, and senator graham and others want to go after somebody they should go after me. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador, who had nothing to do with benghazi, and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had received, and to hurt her reputation, is outrageous. >> reporter: overall, though, he was geneal and reflective. >> on the other hand, i didn't get re-elected just to bask in re-election. >> reporter: while the president had some tough words for his old presidential rival, john mccain, he actually was very conciliatory towards mitt romney and reiterated his hope they would sit down, saying there were a lot of ideas that mitt romney said on
, not the white house, wrote unclassified talking points for susan rice that were deliberately vague to avoid the compromising legal issues. that led to charges that politics were involved, something the spy agencies tonight say is just not true. >> andrea mitchell, who will remain on this story for us, thank you. >>> there is also news tonight on a story that got a whole lot of national attention on friday and had people spending the weekend passing around recipes for homemade twinkies and hoarding what they could find across the country. at its heart, though, this is a business story with a lot of jobs at stake. tonight, there may be a reprieve for hostess and their 18 thousand workers. more outside of chicago, kevin, good evening. >> reporter: hey, brian, well it would appear that all the screaming headlines and dire predictions about the demise of hostess food and of course all the snack foods we're all so familiar with. well, that may have been a tad premature, and hostess may have a longer shelf life than predicted. of course, they announced they were going bankrupt and liquidating, tha
of u.n. ambassador susan rice to be hillary clinton's successor. he argued that rice damaged her credibility when she said the attack was a spontaneous protest to an anti-muslim video not a planned terror attack. today mccain was asked if he might change his mind about ambassador rice. >> i give everyone the benefit of explaining their position and the actions that they took. i'll be glad to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with her. >>> still ahead, sick and tired of being bullied on the road. how cyclists are taking matters into their own hands. >>> later, mick, heath and the stones still rolling after half a century on top. [ male announcer ] are you considering a new medicare plan? then you may be looking for help in choosing the right plan for your needs. so don't wait. call now. whatever your health coverage needs, unitedhealthcare can help you find the right plan. are you looking for something nice and easy? a medicare advantage plan can give you doctor, hospital and prescription drug coverage all in one plan... for nothing more than what you already pay for pa
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